Hello! Anyone still with me?

Hello there friends!  I know that I had posted that I’m stepping away , but this blog is still “active” for now and I have been crafting anyway…   so after stepping away from it, I still follow along with different companies and inspiration on FB. But because I have SO much product and I wanted to be able to actually USE the things that I have instead of letting it just “sit around”, I was taking photos and posting (in FB groups) anyway, so I thought why not just BLOG IT?!  Not just the crafty aspect of it all, but blogging itself is a bit of a release too.  It gives me a “record” of my crafty experience, what and why I might have done something…so I decided for my own personal reasons, to come back to this “old dinosaur” method to enhance my crafty journey.  It may not be exactly like it had been before, but that’s how crafty journeys evolve.

It’s been fun and busy with hubby being retired and home, but after getting use to it and traveling a bit, I was and still am taking a few classes here and there and just having fun.  Because of the pandemic, so many companies have turned to “online” classes, conventions, challenges, etc so I thought it was a great opportunity to try some of that out without the expense of traveling for it!  I’ve done several actually, but just mainly posted within the groups they were made for.  Then I started thinking once again about all of the “stuff” I have and still ARE accumulating…so my mission is to actually use the product I have. I will try NOT to keep purchasing in the future!  (Let’s see how THAT goes! LOL!)  The blogging might help keep me motivated in doing that too…I hope!

So if you are still following…Wow!  Thanks for being here!!  Not really sure how often I will be posting, but this will be mainly where I will be sharing anything “crafty” that I’m doing.  Maybe I can inspire someone to use their own crafty stash?  Hope you can join the fun with me here too! 🙂  

I’m starting with a couple of Summer classes that I just recently completed with Taylored Expressions.  She did a class earlier this month with a set of 4 completed cards using similar style products for each class.  The first one was called the “Gifted” class:

The top left card was used with a watercolor wash for the background.  There’s a cover plate die that cuts out all those presents which I used on the card below that one to arrange over the sponged square area.  The cards on the right side were both ink blended with the bottom right card using a stencil.  I’ve also added some sparkle with a glitter brush pen and some glossy accents to the die cut “YAY!” lettering.  Envelopes with seals were also included with this class set which you can see on the far right of the photo.  I always need birthday cards, so these will work out great!

This next set is also from Taylored Expressions that I just finished up this weekend.  Really enjoyed this class with some things that I forget about doing with my cards:

This class was called the “Diamond Botanical” class with another set of 4 cards.  The top left card was fun with a more mixed media style using paint for the background and splatters.  The only thing that I changed up was the background stamp.  I didn’t have the stamp from Taylored Expressions that they used in the class, so I used a Stampin’ Up! Birch background stamp I found in my stash. (So yay that I’ve already started with using my existing stash with the new!)

The top right card is a shaker card and the bottom left card is a gate fold card with the sentiment panel helping to hold it in place.  Again, with this class we were given envelopes with the matching seals off to the right.  These were fun little classes to take and get some cards completed with!

Hope you enjoyed these sets too and were inspired!  Are you taking any virtual or in-person classes or events this Summer?  Has your crafting experience changed for you recently and what things have you changed about it?

I know I’ll be back again with more creations I’ve been working on. Thanks for dropping in and I hope you’re all doing really well!  Have a great day! 🙂

34 thoughts on “Hello! Anyone still with me?

  1. Hey HEY hey! I’m still with you… waiting for you to get back, lol! I’ve noticed that you’re posting in FB groups so I knew you were still crafting. Good to see you back and I look forward to continuing to follow you! Don’t forget about me! 😉

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  2. I’m still here. Us vickis have to stick together! ;). Love all your creations but that diamond and striped AKK be still my heart! I’ll be pinning for CASEing in future. I just signed up for the free altenew classes — using my existing products for creating too.

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    1. YES! Vicki’s need to stick together for sure! LOL! Thanks for stopping in! Those classes sound like a lot of fun!! Using what you already have sounds fantastic! 😉

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  3. Well of COURSE I’m still with you! So happy to see you back on the blog, and to hear that you’re still taking some classes. My hubby retires next June 1st, at 72, and we hope to do some traveling, and hang out together, like you two are doing. I would guess that I’ll soon be creating just for fun, too! Vicki, your cards are perfect, and I’ll certainly be watching for more inspiration! Thanks for sharing, dear friend!

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    1. Patti, you’re the sweetest! I know that you and hubby will be enjoying your time together especially the traveling and I know you’ll be including those grands in it as well! 😉 Thanks for stopping in my friend!

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  4. Hi Vicki, yes I am still with you. Have followed your travels with hubby . It must have been amazing.
    As are your cards. Love the presents cards most. Although the diamon ones are gorgeous too.
    xxx Margreet

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    1. So happy you’ve stopped in to say hello my friend!! It’s been a wonderful time with hubby being home now, but of course I still love to craft and I REALLY need to use up my stash! LOL! Thanks for stopping in! HUGS

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  5. So excited to see a post from you Vicki! And so many fabulous colorful cards in it. Glad you are having a wonderful time in retirement!

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    1. Thank you for stopping in my friend!! It’s been such a great time being home with hubby and traveling! I still love to craft of course, so being here to use them up sounded like a good idea! LOL! HUGS

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  6. Hi Vicki, so happy to see a post from you! 🙂 What a gorgeous selection of cards, I love the colorful ink blending on the birthday cards and that diamond wreath is stunning!
    Take care & hugs, Tammy

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  7. How wonderful to see a post from you pop up, made my day, and what a gorgeous selection of cards..gosh, I could not pick a favorite, they are all so lovely and it is so great to know that you have been crafting away in the background..awesome Vicki..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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    1. Hello my friend! Awe, your comment here made MY day! 😉 Thank you for your kindness and for stopping in to say hi…it means so much! HUGS

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  8. It’s so good to see you again, Vicki! Loving all the cards and I know you were having fun taking the classes. Maybe I can give you a bit of inspiration on the supply buying (or NOT buying, as it may be.) Last January, I undertook a challenge to not buy any new crafting supplies throughout the entire month. The only exception was for new things supplied by a sponsor for DT work. I was surprised at how easily I adjusted and it really was a delight digging through the stash. I was a bit stunned to see how much I actually had ! As January ended, I decided to see if I could go another without buying any new supplies. One month led to another and now it’s nearly August and I’m still using only stash items. I’m so proud of myself and my budget loves me. 😃 Try it for a month and see. Hugs, my friend.

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    1. Hello NC!! So thrilled to see you stopping in to say hello of course!! 😉 I absolutely LOVE your stash idea here and I think it would be a great challenge to take up with for sure! I need to use…not buy! LOL Thanks for sharing that with me! Sending hugs

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  9. Hi Vicki it is lovely to see you back whether it be a short visit or not it is always fabulous to come see you your cards are all beautiful my fave’s are the second batch the diamond shape is unusual and very pretty. I am so glad that things are going ok with you and was so happy to see that you had visited my blog and left me some love.
    hugs
    lorraine x

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    1. Thank you so much Lorraine and really happy you’ve stopped in to say hi! Always a pleasure to see your beautiful makes as well my friend! 🙂

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  10. Sooooo happy to have seen your comment on my blog. You must be psychic as honestly I was only wondering last night how you are going and what you are doing…. great cards be here again soon.xx

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  11. Yes still here and great to see you back Vicki although you look as if you had a fabulous time together with the pics you posted on fb-love all your beautiful cards especially the Botanical ones with the shaker too-I saw your comment yesterday but for some reason your blog wouldn’t load anyway got there this morning
    Carol x

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    1. Yay! So happy you’ve made it here Carol! Always love your wonderful inspiration and been seeing some on FB too! Thanks for being here friend!

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  12. Hello Vicki,
    I am so glad you came back and you are blogging again! I missed your ideas and those wonderful inspirations.
    Your new cards are delightful. I love the pile of gifts on the first set of cards and the lovely elegant cards from the second set.
    I hope you won’t disappear from us this time. I also hope that you are healthy and safe and that you came back full of energy.

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    1. You’re so kind my friend! Thank you so much for your always encouraging words! I’m always very happy to craft and to be among like-minded friends too! Glad you stopped in! HUGS

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  13. So delighted to see you back and wow, your cards are so beautiful 😁. I tell my hubby that you can never have too much craft stash …lol… but I know what you mean it’s so good to use up what you have instead of buying more! Glad you’re still crafting and when you have the time, I can’t wait to see more of your makes on your blog. Take care and happy crafting! Have a wonderful weekend and new week! Hugs, Jo x

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Jo! Always love seeing your AJ and creativity! 😉 Yes…the buying really needs to slow way down and the creating needs to be ramping up for sure! LOL! See you soon friend!

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  14. What fun cards you made from the classes – I’m kind of liking the virtual card classes – except I miss seeing friends. Love the diamond cards – especially the shaker card. Shaker cards are not my forte. Just have trouble getting the shakey stuff to stay in!!! Sounds like you have had a fun spring and summer with the mister. My mister retired about 15 yeas ago so we have fallen into a “routine” of his time, my time and our time”. He is currently working on a tree house for the grand kids. They are so excited.
    Patti and I did 4 mail classes the last year, we really had a good response – anywhere 22-30 kits per class. But we are ready to do in person classes again, we have found a very nice place to do them – and the room is “free”. Happy to see you back into some creating action, you have always been an inspiration. Looking forward to following one of my favorite paper crafters and friend.

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    1. So thrilled to see you stop in here my friend! Thank you! It’s a bit different at home with him being retired as we’re still working out the “time” thing like you guys have down! LOL! Sounds like you guys are enjoying your grandkid time for sure! You’re so sweet and I appreciate you friend!

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  15. A huge summertime hello to you, dear Vicki!!! What a true jolt of joy to see a new post from you in my blog feeds this week. Thank you very much for sharing some of what’s been shaking in your life lately, as well as these splendidly pretty cards. Each one is sweet, beautiful, and entirely inspiring.

    Thinking of you and sending a bevy of gorgeous August wishes your way!
    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

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    1. Autumn, I always love to see one of your comments as you always bring such a cheery thought my way! 🙂 Thanks so much for dropping in to say hello! HUGS

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